Financial Support

UChicago Biosciences offers academically qualified applicants full and equitable support. Such assistance is guaranteed through the student’s first five years of study, conditional on satisfactory degree progress, and is extended to completion of degree in all but the most unusual of circumstances.

Financial support includes tuition and fees, and provides a stipend. The graduate stipend is maintained at a level affording a reasonable local standard of living, is competitive with awards offered at comparable institutions, and is periodically adjusted in response to cost-of-living increases.

The 2023-24 stipend will be $38,200 plus health insurance and fees. We also provide a one-time $1,000 relocation payment.

Individual fields of research may offer support from predoctoral training grant appointments, endowed fellowships, or research assistantships. Many of our students also compete successfully for external fellowships. UChicago Biosciences provides supplemental funding to ensure that all students, regardless of funding source, receive the same standard of funding.

All new and continuing graduate students are encouraged to seek individual merit awards, such as NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, NIH individual National Research Service Awards, or Department of Defense awards, whenever possible. For more information, see Student Funding and Awards.

Application fees

According to University policy, applications must be accompanied by the appropriate application fee, and fee waivers are not granted to international students. Failure to send the fee may result in serious delay in the review of your application. UChicago Biosciences only grants fee waivers on a case-by-case basis for domestic students with documented substantial financial hardship.  The fee waiver request form can be accessed by domestic applicants after submitting the application.

Fee waivers are granted to the following applicants:

  • Students in or alumni of University of Chicago degree-granting programs
  • Students who have graduated or plan to graduate from a post-secondary minority-serving institution (Historically Black College or University, Hispanic-Serving Institution, Tribal College or University, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institution, etc.). Institutions included on either the list maintained by the U.S. Department of Education or the current list published by the Rutgers University Center for MSIs qualify.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) students
  • CIC applicants
  • Students in or alumni of Gallaudet University degree-granting programs
  • Project 1000 applicants
  • Leadership Alliance program participants
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars
  • Gates Millennium Scholars


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